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How To Get Rid Of Dead Rat Smell

Congratulations on getting rat of the rat that was pestering you in your house for so many days and making different areas a mess. Just when you can high-five yourself or your partner, a strange smell lurks around your home and settles in the atmosphere. You want to get rid of it as soon as you can because let’s face it, the stench can be unbreathable and you will feel like staying at a hotel rather than your own place.  The dead rat’s stench will remind you of its presence everyday and you won’t feel like entering the area where it once sneakily lurked about and breathed its last.

How Do You Get a Dead Rat’s Smell?

There are two reasons your home might be stinking up with rat odor. One is its droppings and the other could be rat poison that caused the rat to die somewhere very warm and un-ventilated.

Rats have become sharper overtime and don’t fall for the cheese-in-the-mouse-trap trick anymore. They have figured a way to bypass the trap and you usually find that the cheese is gone while trap is still intact.

A Messy Home

If your living space is cluttered with many things and there is not much cleaning done regularly, then you can attract pests like rats to your home in no time. Usually, the smell of food and garbage lures them inside and they make a cozy home for themselves in your home due to having a regular source of food.

Post-Rat Cleanup

If you haven’t found the dead rat yet then be sure to look up all the cracks, crevices or small places that could shelter one. It could have gone there to hide before dying. Usually it is in the kitchen area or pantry. A dead rat can mostly be found wherever you must have put the rat poison, so it won’t take you long before you find its body.

Here is what you need to do:

Follow the Smell

As disgusting as it sounds, you have to follow the smell and see where it leads you. Take help from your trusted cat or dog because they have very acute sense of smell and can help track the rat’s body.

Sealable bags

Wear some gloves and get a resealable bag. Pick the dead rat up from its tail and quickly put it inside the bag and seal it tightly. Dispose the dead rat away in another bag and throw it in the trashcan outside.

Odor cleansing

Now it is time to cleanse the atmosphere from the smell of the rotting dead rat. Here are a few ways you can use to get rid of the stench:


Get some ground coffee or pure coffee beans and place them in all the areas where you find the smell coming from. The ground coffee should be placed in plastic bowls while the beans can be scattered. It is best to use ground coffee because you don’t want any kid or pet trying to swallow them. Pure coffee has a really strong smell so it will mask off and dissipate the smell of the dead rat in no time.

Odor Removing Bags

You can buy odor removing bags from any DIY store or online. They are absorbents and will remove the stench of the dead rat in no time. Just hang the odor absorbing bags in the area where the smell is coming and it will be gone in as little as few days. The bags can also be placed farther away from the smell and still work just fine.

Diffusers and Humidifiers

Get a good diffuser or humidifier and put in some strong essential oils in it. The vapors that will be released in the air will carry the fragrance of the essential oils all around the area. Orange, peppermint, ylang ylang, lavender and bergamot are some really good essential oils that can mask any smell. You need to make the water in the humidifier more concentrated by adding twice or thrice as much of the essential oils to get rid of the dead rat’s smell from your home.

Air Ionizers

These are really effective in removing all the types of odor in a home and can even work in really big spaces. The best part about using ionizers is that they eliminate germs, dust, and allergens from the area as well.


If you think there could be more rodents lurking about your home or some other pests trying to make some shelter for themselves inside then it is a good idea to just get your entire house fumigated.

You can spray your home with bug sprays or rodent killing poison and leave your house for a day or two.

Strong Air Fresheners

Spraying the entire area with a good floral air freshener can get rid of the dead rats smell easily if the rat’s body wasn’t around for long to begin with. Spray everyday and in a few days it will all be gone.

How To Prevent a Dead Rat’s Smell

  • The only way you can prevent a dead rat’s smell is to not have any rats in the first place. Just ensure that your doors or windows are not always open.

  • The cracks and crevices are filled so that nothing can find a home there.

  • Ensure hygiene standards of your kitchen and other parts of the house are well maintained.

  • Make sure your trash bags are always sealed tightly.

Solutions Pest & Lawn Can Help You Eliminate Rat Odors

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have a broad selection of problems that can deal with foul odors—from skunks to rats. To clear up the smell of a dead rat, we recommend Rat Sorb Odor Eliminator or Earth Care Odor Removal Bag. These products are easy to use and work quickly to take that terrible odor away.


While a rat may be no longer creating a problem in your home after death, their odor can definitely linger if nothing it done about it. With the help of our tips and product recommendations, you should no longer have to deal with the stench of a dead rat. For more helpful information, please reach out to us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us on our website.

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